A bill introduced in the Arkansas legislature which would ease the path for allowing alcohol sales in otherwise dry counties has been removed from consideration by its sponsor.

The bill, SB265, if passed, would have allowed cities to conduct a vote for alcohol sales even if they were in a dry county. If the vote supported the city allowing alcohol sales then businesses in the city could do so, regardless of being located in a dry county.

The bill’s sponsor, Senator Trent Garner (R) of El Dorado, said the bill was withdrawn after an overall lack of support.

“I didn’t have the will of the people on this one,” Garner said, indicating the bill would not pass should it be introduced to the full legislature.

The bill had been submitted to the Senate’s City, County & Local Affairs Committee where it received a “do pass” recommendation prior to it being withdrawn by Garner.